Once again, ASCE achieved a significant milestone in its program to advance the principles of sustainable development when our headquarters building in Reston, Virginia, recently received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Energy Star. The Energy Star is consistent with ASCE’s definition of sustainability, which not only considers going green but also considers the positive impact on people and on economic enhancement. Once again earning this prestigious award demonstrates that ASCE has taken a strong position on sustainability and shows clearly how important it is for civil engineers to be leading the charge. Established in 1992, Energy Star recognizes and honors homes and businesses that save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. ASCE is proud to have our headquarters building on the registry list of certified buildings.
On behalf of the ASCE Foundation I would like to thank each and every supporter who contributed to the Foundation in 2013. Our generous and loyal supporters pay it forward to the next generation of civil engineers and help advance the profession into the future. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has raised more than $20 million for such valuable ASCE programs as our ExCEEd teaching workshops, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the Student Steel Bridge Competition, pre-college outreach programs, the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the ISI Envision sustainability rating tool, Section 100th anniversary celebrations, and much more. Throughout 2014, we will be marking our 20th birthday by celebrating the last 2 decades of paying forward and giving back within the civil engineering profession.
What better way to bring in the New Year than to support the ASCE Foundation? If you haven’t given in the past and you’d like to join our supporters and help us celebrate our 20th birthday year, you can give your gift securely online.
A top priority for ASCE’s Continuing Education Program is identifying members’ continuing education needs and preferences and responding to them by developing new, high-quality programs on a regular basis. I am pleased to report that ASCE will be offering many new webinars in the winter quarter of 2014. Why not get started on fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions by participating in a convenient, low-cost webinar that will assist you in staying current and in earning the PDHs you need to maintain your P.E. license. Here is just a sampling of some of the new webinars we will begin offering this month: Permeable Pavement Design Considerations; UV in Air Treatment and Health Care; Determining Appropriate Level of Engineering and Use of “Soft Engineering” for Stream Restoration Activities; Stream Restoration – What Works and What Doesn’t; Radar Rainfall Estimation for Modeling and Design; Criteria for Verification and Validation of Flow and Transport Models; Groundwater Treatment Technologies; Alternative Designs for Anchorage to Concrete; Sustainable Infrastructure; Constructability-Based LRFD for Geotechnical Features Deep Foundations; Geometric Design for Improved Safety and Operations; Design Snow Loads for Complex Residential Roofs; and Design of Building Structures for Serviceability.
Unable to attend one of ASCE’s live webinars? No problem! ASCE’s webinars are recorded and available on-demand 24/7. By taking and passing a short test at the conclusion of an on-demand webinar, you will earn PDHs/CEUs. Also, please keep in mind that special reduced rates are provided for individual engineers for on-demand webinars. Have an idea for a seminar or webinar? Email us and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.
What better way to set yourself apart from your colleagues and demonstrate your expertise to clients, employers, and the public than by receiving an ASCE post-licensure certification in your specialty? Board-certified civil engineers, or Diplomates, have demonstrated leadership, commitment to ethics and sustainability, and other professional development requirements. ASCE offers certifications to midcareer-and-beyond civil engineers in the fields of water resources; geotechnical; and coastal, ocean, port, and navigation engineering. Your certification confirms that you belong to a select group of top-performing civil engineers, and that you are ready to advance in your career. Become a Diplomate and get the recognition of your specialized expertise, experience, and leadership skills with a credential in addition to the P.E.
Let ASCE help you get ready for Engineers Week. Send us an email and we will mail you at no charge the new volunteer kits and posters for Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. These kits include a large poster for display, practical ideas to help you start planning, a calendar of Engineers Week events (February 16-22), and links to resources to make your Engineers Week celebration a success. Then, visit our DiscoverE Week web page to learn more ways in which ASCE is here to support your Engineers Week campaign.
If you are organizing an outreach event, luncheon, or volunteer recognition program as part of your Engineers Week plans, ASCE has all the free tools to help you get started. Our toolkit has everything you need to get organized, find resources, and attract volunteers. Visit our precollege e-store and you will find all the resources—including balloons, pencils, ASCEville Stickers, Building Big Activity Guide, our popular Career-Fair-in-a-Box —that are uniquely designed to acquaint students with the role of civil engineers in the community and to provide opportunities for hands-on experiences and exploration of the engineering design process.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE